Cairo plans to launch a bid round by the end of 2019 for between eight and 12 blocks in its core oil provinces of the Western Desert, the Gulf of Suez and the Eastern Desert, local paper Egypt Daily News reports.

Cairo was forced to push back the deadline of a bid round for 10 Red Sea blocks to 15 September due to a lack of interest, MEES understands (MEES, 5 July). (CONTINUED - 135 WORDS)